Robert Brockhaus

Emeritus Faculty
Center for Entrepreneurship
Founding Director
Photo: Robert Brockhaus
phone: (314) 977-7156
fax: (314) 977-1484
Davis-Shaughnessy Hall
3674 Lindell Ave.
St. Louis , MO 63108


Dr. Brockhaus is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, International Who’s Who in Education, International Businessmen Who’s Who, as well as over 15 other biographical sources of distinction. He has been invited speaker in Australia, Brazil, China, England, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, and Canada, as well as throughout the United States. 

Robert H. Brockhaus, Sr., assumed the position of Director of the Jefferson Smurfit Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (JSCES) at Saint Louis University in 1987 and retired in August, 2004. Prior to this appointment, he held the L.L. McAninch Chair of Entrepreneurship at Kansas State University. In February of 1991, Dr. Brockhaus was installed as the Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship. Success Magazine in 1996, 1997 and 1998 (when it discontinued the process) ranked the faculty of the graduate program in entrepreneurship that he directs as the best in the country. Since 1998, US News and World Report listed the program in the top thirty in the nation.

Recently, the JSCES received recognition by receiving the “NASDAQ 2002 Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.” Entrepreneur magazine named the program one of the best in the country and ranked in the top three by other entrepreneurship program directors. Dr. Brockhaus also received the National Research Advocate Award given by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2003.

He previously has been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and the Schoen Professor of Private Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Baylor University, the McAnich Chair of Entrepreneurship at Kansas State University, and Extraordinary Professor of Entrepreneurship at Potchestroom University in South Africa. Dr. Brockhaus earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, a graduate degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University and a doctorate degree in Business Administration from Washington University.

He is President of Progressive Management Enterprises, Ltd., a family consulting and real estate management firm founded in 1969. He and his wife, Dr. Joyce Brockhaus, provide consultation services to family businesses and have spoken in over 20 countries.

Dr. Brockhaus is the 2003 Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurship Research Advocate. He is the past State Director for Missouri Small Business Development Centers, past national chairperson of the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship division, Past President of the National Small Business Institute Directors’ Association, past International President of the International Council for Small Business and was an elected delegate to the 1986 and 1995 White House Conference on Small Business. He also is a Fellow of five different academic entrepreneurship organizations - the only person so honored.

Locally, Dr. Brockhaus served as President of Eastern Missouri Small Business Week, Inc.; First Vice-President of the Missouri Inventors’ Association; Vice President of 2004 St. Louis; Treasurer of the CORO Foundation; President of St. Lucas Congregation; Chairperson of Boy Scout Troop 25; Vice Chair of Gravois Trail Boy Scout District; and Alderman of Sunset Hills. At the University he serves as the faculty advisor to the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, Students in Free Enterprise and to the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

 In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on entrepreneurship, Dr. Brockhaus conducts research on entrepreneurship from psychological, sociological, and environmental perspectives. This research has appeared in over a dozen academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Internationales Gewerbearchiv. He is the past associate Editor of the Family Business Review and has served on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Small Business Management, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, the Southern Africa Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Small Business Economics. In addition, he is the author and co-author of twelve books and over 80 research papers on various aspects of entrepreneurship and has been found to be one of the most cited independent entrepreneurship researcher in the world.